Tyler Parker writes about George Wurtzel.

"I met George Wurtzel in November 2011 while he was an industrial arts instructor at an adjustment to blindness training center. It was an amazing experience being taught by Mr. Wurtzel. He is by far the most influential teacher I have ever had. He had me and the other students confidently working the machines while blindfolded within the first day. By the time I graduated I saw people who had never even held a hammer before his class build guitars, wine racks, puzzle benches that needed no screws, and so much more.

Sugar Maple Jewelry Box by Tyler Parker Doors and drawer fronts made of black walnut. Inside drawers made of soft maple. Also includes a music box that plays Swan Lake

Sugar Maple Jewelry Box by Tyler Parker

Doors and drawer fronts made of black walnut. Inside drawers made of soft maple. Also includes a music box that plays Swan Lake

Heart Carved From Ice by Tyler Parker and Emilie Louise Gossiaux With the help and under the instruction of George Wurtzel.

Heart Carved From Ice by Tyler Parker and Emilie Louise Gossiaux

With the help and under the instruction of George Wurtzel.

Not only did George have everyone building professional quality projects within weeks of starting training, he never let the class become boring. He always had a story or joke to tell you and could answer questions on almost any subject. If you weren't a very talkative person he would let you play music on the speaker or listen to his music and listen to artists who you possibly never heard of before but were now glad you had.

George is not only a teacher, but a craftsman and an artist. When I visited his shop, GM Wurtzel Custom Furniture and Designs, I saw some of the most amazing pieces of craftsmanship I have ever seen. I saw how he could use any piece of wood and use the characteristics of an individual piece and make something unique from it using what part of the tree it was cut from, the direction of the grain, or a number of other factors. George Wurtzel is an exceptional teacher and an excellent role model for anyone, sighted or blind, and I would recommend him as a craftsman or a teacher to anyone. I would not be as capable as I am today if not for Mr. Wurtzel and would not have the confidence I have now had it not been through his teachings."